Oh this girl. She was THAT girl in Target today. She grabbed a small, stuffed monkey off of the shelf. I told her that she couldn’t keep it, but she could hold onto it until we left. She was wanting in and out of the cart. She was climbing out even with the darn strap around her(Houdini!). She had not even EARNED that monkey. We get to checkout and I realize that she still had it. After we checked out, I took the monkey right over to customer service to hand it over.
Ohhhh unleash the beast! This girl screamed and cried and cried and screamed. I had to pullover in the parking lot because she undid her seatbelt and I had to get her buckled again. She was one MAD 3 year old.
I was determined to stick to my guns and not give in. It wasn’t about the $2 stuffed monkey. It was the fact that she thinks that she can just take it and get it.
I turned up the radio and drove along like nothing had happened while she continued her screaming. When we got home, I asked her if it was ok to act like that. She said “No, I’m sorry Mommy.”
Mission accomplished! Until our next shopping trip…